Lewis Hamilton admitted he had a “shocking race” in the Japanese Grand Prix.
The McLaren driver finished fifth after another clash with Felipe Massa.
Hamilton said: “Bit of a shocking race, to be honest.
“Jenson [Button] did a fantastic job and that was great for the team points. Obviously congratulations to Sebastian [Vettel] – we knew that was going to happen but it was a bit of a perfect season for him.
“I’m just going to keep my head up and keep going and not give up and hopefully in the next race we’ll have another chance.”
Hamilton made contact with Massa when the Ferrari driver tried to pass him at the chicane.
Hamilton said: “The only thing I have to say is that I can’t see anything out of my mirrors. They vibrate so much down the straight.
“I had no idea he was there so maybe that’s something we can fix and maybe I won’t have problems with him.”
The stewards did not penalise either driver for the contact and issued the following explanation for their decision: “Having viewed the video evidence in relation to the action of the driver of car three at turn 16 and after comparing the line that Lewis Hamilton took on the previous lap, and having noted that car six Felipe Massa was attempting to overtake on the left into a right hand corner the stewards decide to take no further action.”
After being beaten by Button for the fifth race in a row Hamilton said he needs to improve his pace:
“I think we have [a good car], Jenson’s just shown that today with a remarkable race. My job and my hope is to try and pick up some pace from somewhere.
“I was struggling, I just didn’t have any grip. I’m gobsmacked, to be honest, but that’s the way it goes and we’ll work as hard as we can to try and pick up pace.”
2011 Japanese Grand Prix
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